We’re having a read along for Sofia Tate’s Breathless For Him. Each day we’ll be highlighting three chapters, with notes from Sofia! Be sure to follow along as we get ready for the release of Devoted to Him on December 2nd.
Read Along Chapter 19-22
“But I’m not afraid anymore, and that’s because of you, Davison. I was so scared to even consider the possibility of being with you, and then I realized that I didn’t need that box anymore. You’ve been so patient with me, so caring, so tender. I never thought I would meet a man like you, who wants to be with me in spite of all of my baggage.”
He reaches out to stroke my face. “I do, Allegra. I do want to be with you. And your past makes you who you are. You understand that, right?”
My eyes moisten as I nod my head. “I do. I finally do. And the media and the paps can go fuck themselves. They won’t keep me from you anymore. You’re worth the risk, Harvard.”
Allegra wakes up in a cold, damp room, probably a basement. She has been kidnapped by Carlo Morandi, her mother’s killer who didn’t die after all when he was shot by the police and fell into the East River. His accomplice is Tony, the man who was following her. She prays that Davison and the cops will find her before he takes her back to Naples where he says he’ll make Allegra her sex slave. She is given hope when Carlo gives her food wrapped in paper that’s marked with her father’s handwriting, so she knows she’s close to home. Before he can leave with her, Allegra sings for him to delay him as much as she can. Carlo becomes enraged knowing she’s delaying him on purpose and start to choke her as a warning when Detective Leary bursts through the door and shoots Carlo dead. Leary whisks her away and puts her on a gurney into an ambulance, where Davison is waiting for her. They both cry and she passes out from the pain meds the EMTs give her.
At the hospital, Leary tells Allegra, Davison, and her father how they found her. While Davison is in the bathroom, she tells Leary about Carlo’s plans to take her to Italy to make her his sex slave.
A few days after her release from the hospital, Allegra is at Davison’s place. He reveals that he was angry with her for not telling him about being followed and he heard what she told Leary in her hospital room, and he hurls a vase at the wall in anger because he couldn’t protect her. She holds him as he releases his tears of anger and frustration. They have sex.
To get away from the media scrutiny, Davison takes her on an idyllic trip to Italy, first to Venice where he gives her a ruby ring to affirm his love and commitment to her, and then they travel to Naples to visit her mother’s grave. After they visit the cemetery, in the Ferrari that Davison has rented, she tells him she’s having a redo of her graduation recital in two months. He takes her hand and puts it on his thigh, rubbing it with his thumb, just like he did the first night they met.
About Breathless For Him:
For fans of New York Times bestselling authors Samantha Young, Sylvia Day, and E. L. James comes the stunning, erotically charged story about a woman who’s not looking for love and the tempting billionaire who left her breathless . . .
As a gifted opera singer, Allegra Orsini’s only obsession is music-until she meets him. A strikingly handsome and powerful man with a life splashed across the tabloids, Davison Cabot Berkeley isn’t what she expected. He’s unlike the other wealthy patrons who dine at Le Bistro. Davison sees more than just a coat-check girl working her way through grad school. And from the moment he looks at her, those deep green eyes ignite a fire inside Allegra she’s never felt before.
She craves Davison’s touch-his possession-endlessly. Even though every fiber of her being is telling her to stay away, that it’s best for both of them, she can’t. As his passion consumes her, Allegra can no longer deny Davison’s hold on her. He’ll never let her go. But as much as she wants him, Allegra can’t surrender to his love-not until she faces a painful secret from her past that could destroy them both . . .
About Sofia Tate:
Growing up in Maplewood, New Jersey, Sofia Tate was shy, quiet, and never misbehaved thanks to her Catholic school upbringing. If only the nuns could see her now-an author of contemporary erotic romance novels that have gorgeous Alpha heroes, strong heroines, and loads of naughty words and hot sex! She has an MFA in creative writing from Adelphi University. Sofia has lived in London and Prague. She currently resides in New York City.
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